There was virtually nothing to see as I walked the Greenhouse Grounds and Migrant Alley to get to the College Grounds, I was out to early even for the birds :-) As it got lighter, and a touch warmer, the birds slowly came out, but far from birds arriving, there seemed to have been a mass exodus of summer species, just four CHIFFCHAFF were seen with the LONG TAILED TIT flock in the College Gardens, and two SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS fed at the top of a tall lime tree, no other warblers were noted here.
I made my way back over to Migrant Alley, where a passage bird had arrived, a WHEATEAR, it saw me and immediately flew off towards the Greenhouses - never to be seen again! Whilst at The Greenhouses more evidence of birds having moved on was that just one WHITEHROAT and one BLACKCAP was seen, plus another single Chiffchaff. The raspberry dump had 5 WRENS, a BLACKBIRD, a SONGTHRUSH, 3 DUNNOCKS and a BLUE TIT feeding on it today.
|Raspberry dump dwelling Dunnock|
|Blue Tit waiting to drop down on the Raspberries|
By mid morning I was picked up for a visit to Oare marshes, ( A rare off patch adventure!) which enabled me to get my ear in for some wader calls, as well practice some long range photography :-) see below for my efforts :-)
Two species occurred this month that have not been recorded in August before, the Common Gull, and of course the patch tick Yellow Legged Gull, these take the 11 year combined August species total to 91.